• Nutrition

    Tropical Smoothie

    One morning, I was looking in my freezer and noticed that I was running low on frozen fruit. I didn’t have a whole lot of items to make a smoothie. Sure, I could have thrown the leftovers into a blender and made a decent smoothie, but I’m all about an appealing smoothie color and a brown smoothie (even though it may taste good) just won’t do.

    So I looked at my ingredients: coconut milk, a Cara Cara orange, a frozen banana, and frozen pineapple. Well, those ingredients sound like a tropical smoothie in the making!

    Tropical smoothie ingredients

    Once you try a Cara Cara orange, you probably won’t go back to a naval orange. These red flesh oranges are sweet without the acidic bite of a naval orange. I cut mine into segments and squeezed the remaining juicy core into the coconut milk.

    The exact measurements can vary, but as long as you have the same ingredients, the smoothie will be tasty.

    Tropical Smoothie Ingredients:
    1 cup of coconut milk
    1 Cara Cara orange cut into segments, squeeze remaining orange into milk
    1 to 3/4 cup frozen banana
    1/2 cup of frozen pineapple

    I use canned Dole pineapple. I open the can and pour the juice into a glass to save for drinking or another smoothie, then I freeze the pineapple chunks in a plastic bag. I love fresh pineapple, but it’s difficult to buy a ripe one. Pineapples are often picked too early and sadly they do not ripen after they are picked.

    Now for the good stuff: Nutritional Boosts!

    Nutritional Boosts - collagen, xct oil, maca, protein powder

    The additional boosters that you can add to your smoothie are endless. You can add ground flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds and a variety of protein powders. It really depends on your current nutritional needs.

    My current nutritional needs are protein, collagen, hormone balance, and feeling full until lunchtime. So let me review the items that I am currently adding to my smoothie.

    Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides:
    This supplement saved my fingernails. For some reason, perhaps age, I was experiencing splitting and peeling fingernails. This was quite horrific to me and the more strengthening and repairing nail polish I purchased and used on my nails, the worse it got. After researching the benefits of collagen, I found that collagen powder is good for hair, skin, and nails so I began adding it to my smoothies. Within a month, I noticed that my nails were stronger. Today, my nails grow strong and I haven’t had any splitting or peeling.

    Bulletproof XCT oil:
    The beauty of adding fat to a smoothie is that it will keep you full until lunchtime. You don’t need to buy this particular oil. Coconut oil works too, as well as, a slice or two of avocado. Even a nut butter like almond butter will add enough fat to keep your tummy satisfied until noon.

    Navitas Maca Powder:
    Maca powder has quite a few benefits such as increasing fertility, reducing blood pressure, and improving mood. I use maca in smoothies for hormone balance, especially night sweats associated with menopause.

    Jay Robb Vanilla Egg White Protein:
    After discovering that I’m allergic to dairy, whey protein is not an option for me anymore. I was a little leery on buying an egg white protein powder. Will it taste like eggs? And the answer is, no it does not taste like eggs. It simply tastes like vanilla protein powder. I also use bone broth protein powder by Ancient Nutrition and I like it as well.

    The final result:

    A perfectly delicious and nutritious tropical smoothie that will make you smile.

    Tropical Smoothie - Delish!

    I hope you try this tropical smoothie and if you do, let me know in the comments below.

    Monica.